Cancer Clinical Trials
Many of the cancer treatments available today are the result of past cancer clinical research and clinical trials. These trials are research studies to find new and better ways to treat cancer, find and diagnose cancer, prevent cancer, and manage cancer symptoms or the side effects from its treatment. Research is done through the evaluation of new drugs or vaccines, along with surgical techniques, radiation therapy, and combinations of treatments.
As part of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Northwest Clinical Community Oncology Program (NW CCOP), Franciscan Cancer Center is able to bring clinical advances to the South Puget Sound with leading research protocols. Located throughout the country, each Community Clinical Oncology Program site is either a single community organization or a consortium of community hospitals and private practices spanning one or several states. These sites enroll patients onto National Cancer Institute-approved cancer prevention and control clinical trials as well as cancer treatment trials.
There are a number of different types of clinical trials, many of which are designed in phases. If you are interested in clinical trials, ask your doctor if a clinical trial may be appropriate for you.
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